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I'm not too picky about location.  My main issue really comes down to taking the money and simplicity of staying in Socal vs. the more interesting sounding programs and opportunities in the DC area.

Since you don't seem to like LA and you seem to like San Diego, I don't think this should be a difficult decision.

I listed the punkrock thing mostly to indicate I'm somewhat atypical of the 'generic' law student.

So you think.   ;)

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official I'm Going to X School Thread
« on: April 01, 2011, 05:10:47 AM »

You may be intelligent, but you come off as devoid of any common sense.  You seem like a smart rich one.  That is good for you. 

What the hell?  How did he warrant this response?  All he said was that with a 180/4.0, the person should be applying to Harvard.  My only quibble would be that they should be applying to Yale. 

All that other stuff, my god, you're really projecting a lot of your own issues onto this discussion.

I wasn't exactly a child of means, either, but telling somebody they should apply to HYS if they have a 180 isn't exactly like advising them to make sure that they wear the proper jodhpurs and wellies when they're getting ready for the dressage. 

I am sure there are multi-gozillionaires from every stripe of law school.  I'm equally sure that the worse your law school and the lower your class rank, the more the probability of this happening plummets dramatically.

If a person is trying to have a great career in the law, the only valid advice they need is that they need to do as well as they can in the best law school they can find.  Any advice to the contrary is just wrong.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Curse you logic games!
« on: March 31, 2011, 08:55:25 PM »
I read the powerscore bible for it and went from getting 10-12 per section right to getting 18-23 every time. 

FWIW, I wish I had done the powerscore bible prior to taking the LSAT.  If I had to re-take, I'd do the Powerscore bible, first. 

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Current Law Students / Re: Latest you have got an acceptance letter?
« on: March 31, 2011, 07:12:44 PM »
Well I got the rejection letter today.

I am not going to law school. Sad. I really wanted to, at 36 I don't want to wait a year just to be rejected again. I cant do anything about my 2.5 GPA it was 14 years ago.

Sorry, Bro (sis?)  I feel your pain.  Are you able to relocate?  You could probably get in a school like Cooley.  If you got good enough grades, you could transfer to a different school after a year.  (Not saying you could transfer to any particular school, but if you got good grades, you could transfer somewhere, for sure.)

Anyway, best of luck whatever you chose to do.

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Job Search / Re: Military after Law School
« on: March 31, 2011, 03:38:12 PM »
Indeed it is.  Apparently I hang out on the internets too much.

Oh, sorry.  My bad for not understanding the joke.  :)

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Then you need to do better research.

Hmmm... so, that's what a smart and unique rejoinder looks like.  Who knew.

As far as my "research", its been pretty solidly documented that affirmative action has generally been used, in this century, to increase the presence of MALE college students, not female.

Where they're banned, male enrollment drops.

http://diverseeducation.com/article/10672/

Have a nice life.

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Job Search / Re: Military after Law School
« on: March 31, 2011, 03:10:51 PM »
Unless you talking about the USMC, of course, in which case "Marine Core Soldier" is the correct appellation.

I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a joke that I'm not understanding, but the "correct appellation" would simply be "marine".  The Marine Corps is spelled "corps" not "core".  Marines prefer not to be referred to as "soldiers", since that is typically used to describe a person in the Army.  They prefer to be called "marines".  Although the term "soldier" is correct in a very generic sense, one could also argue that Air Force or Navy pilots are also "soldiers", but are soldiers who take the field with very advanced weaponry that allows them to fly.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Curse you logic games!
« on: March 31, 2011, 01:22:47 PM »
I got nailed on that section.  I got a good enough score to get into the school I want, but if I had studied and prepared, I would probably have had a shot at a full-ride.

There are a few books on how to prepare on Amazon, and if I were doing it over again, I'd do one of those.  I think the key is diagramming and I had no clue how to diagram.  I ended up with a 159 LSAT, but if I had prepared for logic games, I bet I'd have been in the 170+ range.

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Law School Admissions / Re: hi everyone! :) request your advice!
« on: March 31, 2011, 01:13:16 PM »
and believe me, it would be a foolhardy endeavor to ask for advice from people who know more than me and then ignore it. haha

I guess I feel I should clarify that I do not know more than you.  I'm a law school applicant just like you are.  I'm just expressing a viewpoint and it's far from authoritative or definitive.  It's absolutely possible that I know no more than you do or that I know less.

You were accepted to the AF academy and graduated from Rice.  You have your act together to a far greater degree than I ever did when I was your age.  I considered applying to Rice, and instead took a scholarship to a different school because the idea of going to a school where my SAT was average was pretty darned intimidating to me.

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Law School Admissions / Re: hi everyone! :) request your advice!
« on: March 31, 2011, 12:50:23 PM »
Wowwww!

I've always felt that military justice is to justice what military music is to music.

I don't mean to sound condemnatory when I say this, but it sounds like the AF's style produced justice (you apparently did use drugs and that is exactly what they threw you out for), but it was not done in a manner that most would consider legal. 

Shame, I wish this hadn't happened to you.  I really do.  I think our drug laws related to marijuana are idiotic and I suspect they'll come down in a heap like the anti-gay laws have.  The only trouble is that various groups (for profit prisons, prison guard unions) have a vested interest in the criminalization of this relatively harmless and victimless "crime" and will do all they can to keep it illegal.

Anyway, yeah, I would not mention this on your application.  It is one thing to admit that you're working hard for drug-law liberalization.  Also, some folks may infer that you are a minor law-breaker and infer that you smoke pot.  Most folks wouldn't possibly care.

However, the fact that you were a member of the military would tend to make people view this differently.  It's one thing if my neighbor smokes pot.  It's another if he's a nuclear reactor operator who is also hiding his crime by going to GNC to buy stuff to beat the drug test. 

Smoking pot is likely to be viewed as a minor, misdemeanor type transgression.  However, accepting a position in society where you affirmed that you would not do it, then using various means to cheat the test?  Could be viewed differently.

Just my two cents.  I can't say what an admissions board would say, but that's my views on the subject.

As for why you transferred to Rice, I wouldn't even bother explaining it.  Lots of people decide that the military just isn't for them.  I don't think I'd mention anything about it.  Especially since doing so could open up the topic of being thrown out of one school for violating the school's honor code. 

Again, just my two cents.  Take them for what they are:  free advice given over the internet and probably worth every penny of what it costs.

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